Microsoft partners with Time Warner for new live TV deal

Microsoft announces "landmark" deal with Time Warner to bring US subscribers 300 live TV channels this summer.

Today, Microsoft announced a "landmark" deal with Time Warner Cable that will bring 300 of the cable company's live TV channels to the Xbox 360 later this summer.

Users must have an Xbox Live Gold membership and a subscription to Time Warner Cable to watch live television through their Xbox 360s. Live streaming is available only to those in the United States.

Supported channels include AMC, BBC World News, Bravo, Cartoon Network, CNN, Comedy Central, Food Network, HGTV, and more. Users will be able to control the programming using their voice through the Kinect, Microsoft said.

This deal is similar to the existing offer for Verizon FiOS subscribers, where users can watch many of the same channels live through their Xbox 360s with Kinect compatibility.

Live TV streaming through Microsoft's next-generation Xbox One won't require a separate application, as it currently does on the Xbox 360. The console will plug directly into a user's cable box and feed live TV through the system with an HDMI cable.

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straightcur
straightcur

Sounded like a good deal until you read the article..  LOL

erictepe
erictepe

Still not sure why this is news. I still have to pay TWC if I want those channels and I still have to pay for a cable box right? What does this do for me? Now if I could down load an app and stream TWC in HD, use my Xbox HD as a DVR and then am able to get rid of my cable box, THAT would be news!

Csdabest89
Csdabest89

I honestly can't wait. AMC is huge. Walking Dead on my xbox sounds absolutely amazinv especially while im playing a game with the switch feature. Do people even understand how easy this going to make gaming and TV watching

Lazuliv
Lazuliv

This could work. I hope they find a way to. Release day needs to hurry.

uglypinkmoose
uglypinkmoose

eh.... I would think this was cool if they somehow made it part of the gold membership but I don't really care in this case..... I don't like TV enough to pay for it I'll stick with Netflix.... on top of this you still need a cable box? not much of a point aside from gimmicky control 

Pupchu
Pupchu

This thing become more and more useless...

kalon088273
kalon088273

Seems like a good way for MS to gather data for targeted advertising, and maybe a way for them to offer a subsidized Xbox One through content providers like Time Warner, but I can't see any real benefit to this for consumers. It's just more intrusive advertising.

advocacy
advocacy

Xbox One to gamers living outside of America: FUCK YOU.

coaltango
coaltango

whats the point, i dont see any benefit.


what marketing angle are they trying to force feed the consumers. 


It should be like if u have an Xbox live gold membership u get all those cable channels without having to subscribe to an additional cable service

streetnarrator
streetnarrator

"The console will plug directly into a user's cable box and feed live TV through the system with an HDMI cable"  


Lol very innovative MS


sqitso
sqitso

 "The console will plug directly into a user's cable box and feed live TV through the system with an HDMI cable." I'm a little confused. I use my HDMI cable to go from my Xbox to my TV already. How do I connect the Xbox to the cable box and get it back to my TV? My cable box only has one HDMI connection and so does my Xbox. So even if I connect the cable box to my Xbox.. how do I get the signal to my TV? maybe I am missing something?

hadlee73
hadlee73

Checking, checking checking. Its a gaming site so there must be gaming news somewhere in this list of news items... :P

meluvulongtime8
meluvulongtime8

What's the point?? Is there an upside? Am I missing something here?

alhussainnaseer
alhussainnaseer

cmon stop hating  look GAMING+ ENTERTAINMENT= AMAZING EXPERIENCE 

Thisisstupid
Thisisstupid

I've always wanted to be able to use my tv to watch tv. Thanks Microsoft!

BLAS1AN
BLAS1AN

MS partners with ESPN, NFL, Time Warner, Comcast, Pizza Hut, Music, netflix...etc. 

whats next?...Myspace, Home Shopping and Eharmony?

drewdogg513
drewdogg513

wow you have to have a gold xbox live subscription to watch your own cable that you spend $100 a month for just like you pay for netflix and have to have gold to watch it lmfao

el_mariarchi_01
el_mariarchi_01

Microsoft I do not care about TV. I just want decent games!

ma_hurt
ma_hurt

So, if I have this straight......  I can watch tv thru my tv.  OR, I can pay $50 extra and watch tv thru the xbox? 

innocent69
innocent69

The hypocrite Sonyfangirls are rejoicing in their seats =  YuppTV - Watch more than 150 South Asian Channels live on your PS3. You can watch your favorite Indian programs and movies at your convenience. Rejoice hypocrites, rejoice!

ajay1708
ajay1708

Actually sounds kind of cool, but I can no longer support Microsoft. They're not for the people and don't have our best interests in mind. Their only goal is to suck every dollar from us they can by force. 

RighteousWoman
RighteousWoman

Bottom line - Choice is ALWAYS a good thing. Anyone suggesting otherwise should pack up and move to China. 

csward
csward

why does anyone care about this feature? 

Geogyf
Geogyf

that deal is only for americans

Change_MyShorts
Change_MyShorts

I hate the ignorant comments on here, You dont have to use any of these new features folks...but its there if you choose to.

vidking
vidking

What's next?....  I can hook up my xbox 360 to it the same way and play xbox 360 games seamlessly the same way?  Or  for a matter of fact any other game console... I suppose you could do that too!! but Microsoft doesn't say that  i wonder why???..... LOL.....

DeanoFantasy
DeanoFantasy

Already pay for electricity, Sky TV, broadband internet and TV license, that's not always cheap, im not paying anything more extra to watch it on the 360 or the One, it will be the PS4 for me.

orkneyandy
orkneyandy

...because watching tv is currently so fiendishly difficult...?

crazerlapd
crazerlapd

@advocacy True. Apart from games, none of the features they announced will work in my country.

eyehategod420
eyehategod420

@meluvulongtime8 At first I thought to myself, "OH! One less box, now you don't need a cable box and an Xbox in your living room." And then I read that the cable box needs to be connected to the Xbox. So...yeah.

Ravenlore_basic
Ravenlore_basic

@drewdogg513   I just do not get it..... what is the big deal??  sure you can now yell at your TV but so what... really.  NOW Microsoft can know what you watch, and profit from it.  BIG woop.  : |      -_-

nomoredroids
nomoredroids

@ajay1708  Really? By force? I wasn't aware that the XBox One wasn't an optional purchase any more. I guess that explains why everybody's upset.

eyehategod420
eyehategod420

@RighteousWoman Choice is not always a good thing. Ultra capitalist societies bombard people with excessive choices. You should actually try visiting a country that doesn't operate in that fashion and compare for yourself. 

zintarr
zintarr

@Change_MyShorts Its these grand features that no one wants that jacks up the price. You do get that part, right?

domig_xxx
domig_xxx

@DeanoFantasy if you keep up with everything this costs no extra, furthermore may make the x1 cheaper if you purchase it through your cable provider, this will be an extra fun feature, think about voice controlling  your tv on those really lazy days, i'll end up buying both systems b/c of exclusive games for each, but the x1 will be all around more fun..

sqitso
sqitso

@Csdabest89 @sqitso Umm.. Okay brainiac. So the manual is here http://support.xbox.com/en-US/xbox-360/manuals-specs/manual-specs and just to make sure I double checked the "manual" because I was trying to understand, how a single HDMI port on the Xbox can be used to connect my cable box which also has a single HDMI port to my TV. If the Xbox has a single HDMI port and I connect it to the cable box; how the f*ck do I connect the HDMI port to the TV, when it is connected to something else? Would you mind telling me what the f*ck your dumbass answer has to do with answering my question?

ma_hurt
ma_hurt

I am glad that they cut the eye.  I don't want it.  I also do not like the Kinect.  I don't feel I should pay $100 more to help subsidize a mandatory item that I do not even want.